Gilgit-Baltistan: GB has the Potential to Generate 59 Thousand MW of Hydro Electricity, Senate Told

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Gilgit (BR):The Senate Standing Committee on Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs was informed on Wednesday that Gilgit-Baltistan has the potential to generate 59,000 megawatts electricity if effective policy is put in place. The committee meeting chaired by Senator Baz Mohammad Khan, was told by the officials of Ministry of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs that the abundance of water has not only the capacity to generate 59,000MW electricity, but also meet the water scarcity for cultivation of fertile land.

Secretary Ministry of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs, Shahidullah Baig told the panel that the Indus River alone can generate 45,000MW electricity, while 8671MW could also be generated through on-going projects in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. “If proper mechanism and effective policy is followed, it will not only help in addressing the energy crisis, but also the water shortage in the country”, he said, adding that 4500 MW electricity could be added to the national grid with the completion of Bhasha Dam at the total cost of Rs 1254 billion.

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